When you create a virtual machine, you provide a name for it. The name must be unique within the folder where the virtual machine is located. The name can contain up to 80 characters. You can select a datacenter or folder location for the virtual machine, depending on your organizational needs.

Folders provide a way to store virtual machines for different groups in an organization, and you can set permissions on them. For a flatter hierarchy, you can put all virtual machines and templates in a datacenter and organize them in a different way.

A folder cannot contain virtual machines with identical names.

The virtual machine name determines the name of the virtual machine files and folder on the disk. For example, if you name the virtual machine win8, the virtual machine files are named win8.vmx, win8.vmdk, win8.nvram, and so on. If you change the virtual machine name, the names of the files on the datastore do not change.


  1. Enter a name for the virtual machine.
  2. Select or search for the datacenter or folder in which to deploy the virtual machine.
  3. Click Next.